Houston Texans

The Houston Texans are a professional American football team based in Houston, Texas. The Texans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. The team plays its home games at NRG Stadium.

The club first played in 2002 as an expansion team, making them the youngest franchise currently competing in the NFL.[5] The Texans replaced the city's previous NFL franchise, the Houston Oilers, which moved to Nashville, Tennessee and are now known as the Tennessee Titans. The team was founded and owned by Bob McNair from 1999 to his death in 2018. Following McNair’s death, the majority ownership of the team went to his wife, Janice McNair, and his son, D. Cal McNair.

While the team mainly struggled in the 2000s, they would find success in the 2011 season, after clinching their first playoff berth and would go on to win their first division championship.[6] The Texans have gone on to win four more AFC South championships since then, in 2012, 2015, 2016, and 2018. As of the 2018 season, they are the only franchise to have never appeared in a conference championship game.

Houston Texans
Current season
Established October 6, 1999[1]
First season: 2002
Play in and headquartered in NRG Stadium
Houston, Texas
Houston Texans logo
Houston Texans wordmark
LogoWordmark
League/conference affiliations

National Football League (2002–present)

Current uniform
Texans Uniforms
Team colorsDeep steel blue, Battle red, Liberty white[2][3]
              
Fight song"God Blessed Texas"
MascotToro
Personnel
Owner(s)Janice McNair and D. Cal McNair[4]
ChairmanD. Cal McNair
CEOD. Cal McNair
PresidentJamey Rootes
General managerBrian Gaine
Head coachBill O'Brien
Team history
  • Houston Texans (2002–present)
Championships
League championships (0)
Conference championships (0)
Division championships (5)
Playoff appearances (5)
Home fields

Franchise history

In 1997, Houston entrepreneur Bob McNair had a failed bid to bring a National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team to the city, and Bud Adams relocated the city's NFL team, the Houston Oilers, to Nashville where they were renamed the Tennessee Titans. In 1996, a year earlier, the Cleveland Browns had controversially relocated to become the Baltimore Ravens. As part of the settlement between the NFL, the city of Cleveland, Ohio, and the team owned by Art Modell, the league promised to return football to Cleveland within the following three years.

In order to even out the franchises at 32, the league also contemplated adding another expansion franchise. As Houston was one of the favorites for the extra franchise along with Toronto and Los Angeles (which had lost the Rams and the Raiders in 1995), McNair then decided to join the football project and founded Houston NFL Holdings with partner Steve Patterson. In association with Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they would push for a domed stadium as part of the bid to lure the NFL back to Houston. On October 6, 1999 the NFL awarded the 32nd team to Houston, at the cost of $700 million.[1]

The Houston Texans joined the league at the 2002 NFL season, playing at the newly founded Reliant Stadium. With their opening game victory over the Dallas Cowboys that season, the team became the first expansion team to win its opening game since the Minnesota Vikings beat the Chicago Bears in 1961.[7] While the team struggled in early seasons, results began to improve once native Houstonian Gary Kubiak became the head coach in 2006. The Texans finished with a .500 season (8-8) in both 2007 and 2008, and nearly qualified for the 2009–10 NFL playoffs with a 9–7 result in 2009. In 2010, the team started the season on a 4–2 record going into a Week 7 bye week, but promptly collapsed 2–8 in the second part of the season, finishing 6–10. In the 2011 NFL Draft, the Texans acquired Wisconsin star defensive end J.J. Watt eleventh overall. The following season, former Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips was hired as the defensive coordinator of the Texans, and the improved defense led to the Texans finishing 10–6, winning their first AFC South title.[8] The Texans then beat wild card Cincinnati Bengals 31–10 in the first round of the 2011–12 NFL playoffs,[9] before a 20–13 defeat by the Ravens, the future Super Bowl winners, in the Divisional Round.[10]

The Texans surged as the team to beat in the AFC South in 2012, starting 5-0 and holding an 11–1 record by week 14. However, they lost three of their last four games to finish 12–4; beating the rival Indianapolis Colts in that four-game stretch allowing them to clinch their 2nd AFC South title. The Texans beat the Bengals again in the wild-card round, but they lost in the Divisional Round to the New England Patriots.[11]

In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Texans acquired Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins twenty seventh overall. In 2013, the Texans started 2–0 but went into a tailspin and lost every game afterwards. Kubiak was fired as head coach after being swept by the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, who themselves started 0–8. Wade Phillips filled in as head coach, but the Texans' poor form did not change, and they finished 2–14, tying, with 2005, their worst record in franchise history. The 14-game losing streak is also the worst in franchise history.

The Texans entered the 2014 season with a 14-game losing streak. Former Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien became the Texans' new head coach, and the third in franchise history, during the offseason.[12][13] In 2014, the Texans won three of their first four games, defeating the Redskins in the season opener, the Raiders, and the Bills, losing to the New York Giants. They lost three of their next four games, losing to the Dallas Cowboys, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively. The Texans went on to finish 9–7 in the 2014 season and barely missed the playoffs.

In the 2015 season, they were featured on HBO, on the show "Hard Knocks". That year, the Texans started with a 2–5 record. Quarterback Ryan Mallett was released amidst controversy regarding his benching in favor of Brian Hoyer during a loss against the Indianapolis Colts.[14] After a poor start, the Texans finished with a 9–7 record and won their third AFC South title. However, they were shut out by the Kansas City Chiefs in the Wild Card round 30–0, ending their championship hopes for the year.

On March 9, 2016, the Texans signed former Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler to a 4-year, $72 million deal.[15] Despite Osweiler's lucrative deal, he struggled significantly during the entire season. After throwing two interceptions in Week 15 against the Jaguars, coach Bill O'Brien benched the offseason acquisition in favor of backup quarterback Tom Savage. Savage led a comeback effort against the Jaguars, and was named the starter for the remainder of the season. The Texans clinched their fourth AFC South division title in six years in Savage's first career start against the Bengals in Week 16. They defeated the wildcard Oakland Raiders 27–14 in the opening round of the playoffs with Osweiler as the starting quarterback due to Savage being out with a concussion.[16] Osweiler started in the Divisional Playoffs game against the New England Patriots, throwing three interceptions in the second half. The Texans lost 34–16.[17]

In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Texans traded up to the 12th overall selection to select Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson. Watson started six games his rookie year, going 3-3 and having arguably the greatest and most decorated rookie season by a quarterback in NFL history, eventually rising up to become the Texans' franchise quarterback. However, his success would come up very short, following a Week 8 41-38 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, Watson tore his ACL in practice and was ruled out the remainder of the season, which would immediately cause the Texans to have one of their worst seasons yet. Plagued by a series of unexpected injuries (including a second consecutive season-ending injury to J.J. Watt) and controversy involving the team's suspected violation of the league's concussion protocol, after backup quarterback Tom Savage suffered a seizure following a Week 14 game against the San Francisco 49ers, the Texans would go 1-9 the rest of the season and eventually finish 4-12 and last in the AFC South in 2017, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and giving Bill O'Brien his first losing season as Texans head coach.

In 2018, the Texans would start the season 0-3, losing by a combined 15 points to the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and New York Giants, before winning a 37-34 overtime shootout on the road in Indianapolis. This win sparked an nine-game winning streak for the Texans, their first since starting 5-0 in 2012, which included a Week 8 Thursday Night win against the Miami Dolphins that included 5 touchdown passes from Deshaun Watson. This streak was the longest ever for a team that started the season 0-3; the previous record was an seven game win-streak set by the New York Giants in 1918 after starting out 0-3.

On November 23, 2018, the owner of the Houston Texans, Bob McNair, died from skin cancer. On November 26, 2018, Bob McNair’s son, D. Cal McNair, became the Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Janice McNair, the wife, became the principal owner of the Houston Texans. Janice became the first female owner of a Houston sports team.

The Texans would go on to finish the season 11-5, and win another AFC South division championship under Bill O'Brien. They then lost 21-7 in the first round of the playoffs to their AFC South division rival Indianapolis Colts.

Team identity

Nickname

On March 2, 2000, Houston NFL 2002 announced that the team name search had been narrowed down to five choices: Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, and Wildcatters.[18] The list of names was determined after several months of research conducted jointly by Houston NFL 2002 and NFL Properties. An online survey regarding the name generated more than 65,000 responses in just seven days.

On September 6, 2000, the NFL's 32nd franchise was officially christened the Houston Texans before thousands at a downtown rally in Houston. McNair explained that the name and logo "embody the pride, strength, independence and achievement that make the people of Houston and our area special."[19] The nickname "Texans" was more recently used by the now-defunct Canadian Football League franchise in San Antonio; the Texans had previously been the name of a former World Football League franchise in Houston, which moved to Louisiana to become the Shreveport Steamer; the Dallas Texans of the NFL which only played in the 1952 season; and the nickname was also used by the precursor of the present-day Kansas City Chiefs, when they were the Dallas Texans of the American Football League (AFL). Owner Bob McNair received permission from Chiefs' owner Lamar Hunt to use the Texans nickname for his new team.[8]

Logo and uniforms

Along with the team name, McNair also unveiled the team logo, an abstract depiction of a bull's head, split in such a way to resemble the flag of Texas and the state of Texas, including a lone star to stand for the eye, the five points of which representing pride, courage, strength, tradition and independence. McNair described the colors as "Deep Steel Blue", "Battle Red" and "Liberty White".[19] A year later the Texans unveiled their uniforms during another downtown rally.[20]

The Texans' helmet is dark blue with the Texans bull logo. The helmet was initially white when the team name and logo were unveiled, but was later changed to dark blue. The uniform design consists of red trim and either dark blue or white jerseys. The team typically wears white pants with its blue jerseys and blue pants with its white jerseys. Starting with the 2006 season, the Texans wore all-white for their home opener, and the team began to wear an all-blue combination for home games vs. the Indianapolis Colts. In 2003, the Texans introduced an alternative red jersey with blue trim; they wear this jersey at one home game each year, usually against a division rival. In 2007, the Texans introduced red pants for the first time, pairing them with the red jerseys for an all-red look. (This uniform combination was not well-received and has since been retired). In October 2008 the Texans paired blue socks (instead of the traditional red) with their blue pants and white jerseys. In 2016, the Texans unveiled a new uniform combo against the Jacksonville Jaguars, pairing the red jersey with blue pants and red socks. In 2017, the Texans wear the color rush uniform with all-navy blue.

In 2002, the team wore a patch commemorating their inaugural season. Also, they celebrated 10 years as a franchise by wearing an anniversary patch throughout 2012.

Mascots and cheerleaders

The team's official mascot is Toro, who is a bull.[21] The team also has a cheerleading squad simply named the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.[22]

Rivalries

The Texans are the youngest franchise in the NFL, having only been competing in the NFL since 2002. For that reason, they have not had the history or the reputation on which to build classic rivalries like the ones that often exist between older franchises.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans, who were formerly the Houston Oilers before their relocation in the 1990s, are viewed by many Houston fans as the Texans' chief rival and happen to be a team in the AFC South.

Indianapolis Colts

The Texans also have an AFC South Division rivalry with the Indianapolis Colts, whom the Texans had never defeated in Indianapolis until the 2015 season. More recently, Houston has increased bitterness with the Indianapolis Colts due to their young Houston-native quarterback Andrew Luck having been drafted by the Colts in 2012 and the franchise's first ever sweep of the Colts against Luck in 2016. [23] In 2018 the two teams met in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs, with the Colts winning 21-7.[24]

Dallas Cowboys

The Texans also have an intrastate/interconference rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys, with whom they contest the so-called Governor's Cup every year (a tradition started between the cities prior to the Oilers relocating) either in the preseason or the regular season for bragging rights in the state of Texas. In 2017, the destruction and flooding caused during Hurricane Harvey a few days before their Week 4 pre-season match up time scheduled caused the game to be relocated to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. However, out of concern for the safety of the fans and the condition of the player's families & communities, the game was cancelled.

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Texans also have an AFC South Division rivalry with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Statistics

Win–loss record

As of the end of the 2018 season, the Texans' overall regular season win-loss record is 121–151. The Texans notched the 100th regular season win in their history when they defeated the Tennessee Titans on October 2, 2016. The Texans posted their best-ever season record in 2012, finishing at 12–4. The team's worst-ever seasons on record are 2–14, in both 2005 and 2013. Most recently the Texans finished 11-5 in 2018, winning their fifth AFC South championship.

The Texans are 3-5 all-time in playoff games. All five of the Texans' playoff berths were as a result of winning the AFC South division championship. The Texans have a 3-2 record all-time in Wild Card Round games but have lost all three games they have played in the Divisional Round.

Notable records vs opponents

As members of the AFC South, the Texans play 6 of their 16 regular season games against other AFC South teams. As of the end of the 2018 season, the Texans have a cumulative regular season record of 45-57 against their three divisional rivals: 21-13 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars; 16-18 versus the Tennessee Titans; and 8-26 versus the Indianapolis Colts. The Texans have fared slightly better against the rest of the AFC, posting a regular season record of 48-54 against AFC teams from divisions other than the South, with a 17-18 record against AFC East teams, 17-18 against AFC North teams, and 14–18 against AFC West teams. The Texans are 28–40 against NFC teams, tallying a 6-14 record against NFC East teams, 8–8 against NFC North teams, 9-7 against NFC South teams, and 5–11 against NFC West teams.[25]

As of the end of the 2018 season, there is one team against which the Texans have never lost: the Chicago Bears (4–0). There are also two teams which the Texans have never beaten: the Minnesota Vikings (0–4) and Philadelphia Eagles (0–5). According to the NFL's scheduling formula, the Texans' next regular-season game against the Eagles will be in 2022, and their next regular season games against the Bears and Vikings will occur in 2020.

Players of note

Current roster

Houston Texans roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant

Unrestricted FAs

Restricted FAs

Rookies in italics

Roster updated March 21, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
60 Active, 0 Inactive, 10 FAs

AFC rostersNFC rosters

NFL Draft history

First-round draft picks by year

Ring of Honor

On November 19, 2017, Andre Johnson was the first-ever inductee into the Texans Ring of Honor.[26]

Houston Texans Ring of Honor
No. Player Position Tenure Inducted
80 Andre Johnson WR 2003–2014 2017

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Houston Texans Hall of Famers
Players
No. Name Position(s) Season(s) Inducted
20 Ed Reed S 2013 2019

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Name Tenure Seasons Record Division titles
W L T
Dom Capers January 21, 2001 – January 2, 2006 4 18 46 0 0
Gary Kubiak January 26, 2006 – December 6, 2013 8 61 64 0 2
Wade Phillips December 6, 2013 – January 1, 2014 Interim 0 3 0 0
Bill O'Brien January 2, 2014–present 5 42 38 0 3

Offensive coordinators

Name Tenure
Chris Palmer 2002–2005
Troy Calhoun 2006
Mike Sherman 2007
Kyle Shanahan 2008–2009
Rick Dennison 2010–2013
Bill O'Brien 2014, 2017–2018
George Godsey 2015–2016
Tim Kelly 2019–present

Defensive coordinators

Name Tenure
Vic Fangio 2002–2005
Richard Smith 2006–2008
Frank Bush 2009–2010
Wade Phillips 2011–2013
Romeo Crennel 2014–2016
2018–present
Mike Vrabel 2017

Special Teams coordinators

Name Tenure
Joe Marciano 2002–2013
Bob Ligashesky 2014-2015
Larry Izzo 2016-2017
Brad Seely 2018-present

Current staff

Houston Texans staff
Front office
  • Principal Owner and Senior Chair – Janice McNair
  • Operating Owner and Chief Executive Officer – D. Cal McNair
  • President – Jamey Rootes
  • General manager – Brian Gaine
  • Director of football operations – Clay Hampton
  • Senior vice president of football administration – Chris Olsen
  • Director of college scouting – James Lipfert
  • Director of pro personnel – Rob Kisiel
  • Assistant director of pro personnel – C.J. Leak
  • Special advisor – Andre Johnson
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
  • Special teams coordinator – Brad Seely
  • Assistant special teams coordinator – Tracy Smith
Strength and conditioning
  • Head strength and conditioning – Mike Eubanks
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Brian Cushing
  • Assistant strength and conditioning – Joe Distor
  • Assistant strength and conditioning/Sports Science Coordinator - Jason George
  • Assistant strength and conditioning/Performance Therapist – Billy Voltaire

Coaching staff
Management
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AFC East
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MIA
NE
NYJ
North
BAL
CIN
CLE
PIT
South
HOU
IND
JAX
TEN
West
DEN
KC
LAC
OAK
NFC East
DAL
NYG
PHI
WAS
North
CHI
DET
GB
MIN
South
ATL
CAR
NO
TB
West
ARI
LAR
SF
SEA

Traditions

  • Battle Red Day – On Battle Red Day the team wears the red alternate jerseys and fans are encouraged to wear red to the game. Starting in 2007 and including 2008, this included the Texans wearing red pants along with the red jerseys.
  • Bull Pen – The sections behind the north end zone of NRG/Reliant Stadium are known as the Bull Pen. Some of the most avid Texans fans attend games in the Bull Pen and regular members have helped create and implement fan traditions, songs and chants, such as:
  • -Holding up giant Texans jerseys while the visiting team's players are announced
  • -Turning their backs on the opposing team after they score
  • -Gathering as a group for tailgating in the NW corner of the Platinum Lot of Reliant Stadium at the "Blue Crew" tailgate and conducting the Bull Pen Toast every game approximately an hour and a half prior to kickoff
  • -Walking in the HEB Holiday Parade on Thanksgiving Day
  • -Visiting the Bull Pen Pub for TORO Wraps, cheerleader autographs and to listen and dance with the Bull Pen Pep Band
  • Bull Pen Pep Band – 45-member musical group that performs at all Houston Texans home games.
  • Pre-Kickoff Tradition – Before each kickoff at a home game, the Texans will run a short clip of a raging bull thrashing the opponent of the week. The video is paired with the AC/DC song "Thunderstruck".
  • Player Introduction – When the players are introduced before the game, the announcer says the player's first name and the crowd yells out the last name (e.g. The announcer will say "Defensive End J.J...." and the crowd will yell out "WATT!!!").

Radio and television

As of 2007, the Texans' flagship radio stations were KILT SportsRadio 610AM and KILT 100.3FM. The AM station has an all-sports format, while the FM station plays contemporary country music. Both are owned by Entercom. Marc Vandermeer is the play-by-play announcer. Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware provides color commentary, and SportsRadio 610 host Rich Lord serves as the sideline reporter. Preseason games are telecast by KTRK, an ABC owned and operated station. Kevin Kugler calls the preseason games on TV, with former Oilers running back Spencer Tillman providing color commentary. Regular season games are aired over CBS affiliate KHOU, FOX affiliate KRIV if the Texans host an NFC team, and NBC affiliate KPRC for Sunday night games.

Spanish-language radio broadcasts of the team's games are aired on KGOL ESPN Deportes 1180AM. Enrique Vásquez is the play-by-play announcer. José Jojo Padrón provides color commentary, and Fernando Hernández serves as sideline reporter.

Radio affiliates

Houston Texans radio affiliates
Map of radio affiliates.

Texans Radio Affiliates

City Call sign Frequency
Alpine KVLF-AM 1240 AM
Amarillo KIXZ 940 AM
Athens KLVQ-AM 1410 AM
Austin KVET-AM 1300 AM
Beaumont KIKR-AM 1450 AM
KBED-AM 1510 AM
Big Spring KBYG-AM 1400 AM
Brenham KWHI-AM 1280 AM
Bryan KZNE-AM 1150 AM
Carthage KGAS-AM 1590 AM
College Station KZNE-AM 1150 AM
Corpus Christi KSIX-AM 1230 AM
Henderson KWRD-AM 1470 AM
Houston KILT-AM 610 AM
KILT-FM 100.3 FM
Levelland KLVT-AM 1230 AM
Liberty KSHN-FM 99.9 FM
Livingston KETX-FM 92.3 FM
Lubbock KKCL-FM 98.1 FM
KKAM-AM 1340 AM (Bill O'Brien Show, only)
Lufkin KSML-AM 1260 AM
Marble Falls KBEY-FM 103.9 FM
Marshall KMHT-AM 1450 AM
KMHT-FM 103.9 FM
McAllen KBUC-FM 102.1 FM
Nacogdoches KSML-AM 1260 AM
New Braunfels KGNB-AM 1420 AM
Orange KOGT-AM 1600 AM
San Angelo KKSA-AM 1260 AM
San Antonio KZDC-AM 1250 AM
San Marcos KGNB-AM 1420 AM
Tyler KLVQ-AM 1410 AM
Wichita Falls KSEY-AM 1230 AM

Theme music

Until 2017, the theme song of the Texans was "It's Football Time In Houston" by Clay Walker, played after every Texans touchdown.[27] The song was donated by Walker to the city of Houston.[28] The Texans tried to introduce a new fight song in 2003, but quickly returned to the original after a negative reception by fans.[29][30] As of 2017, the touchdown theme song is "God Blessed Texas" by Little Texas.

The Texans' defensive squad takes the field to the sound of "Bulls on Parade" by Rage Against the Machine.[31] The Texans started using the song after former linebacker Connor Barwin coined the nickname in a tweet in 2011.[32]

On January 5, 2012, local Houston rap artists Slim Thug, Paul Wall and ZRo released a song titled "HOUSTON" supporting the Houston Texans. The YouTube video has amassed over a million views becoming unofficially the Texans' most popular theme song.

"Hats Off to the Bull" by the hard rock band Chevelle has become another popular theme song of the entire team. It is frequently played at home games.

Work in the community

Community outreach by the Houston Texans is primarily operated by the Houston Texans Foundation, who works with multiple community partners.[33] The Houston Texans organization is also a supporter of the character education program, Heart of a Champion.[34] In 2017, the 15th annual Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic raised more than $380,000 for the Foundation. More than $27.2 million has been raised for the Foundation since its creation in 2002.[35]

Texans DE JJ Watt raised $41.6 million in relief funds for Hurricane Harvey after the storm devastated the city in 2017.[36]

See also

Notes and references

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  4. ^ "Texans Front Office". HoustonTexans.com. NFL Enterprises, LLC. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
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  8. ^ a b Powers, John (December 10, 2012). "Texans have climbed to the top of NFL". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  9. ^ "Foster powers Texans to win over Bengals". Reuters Canada. January 7, 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
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  12. ^ "Texans hire Bill O'Brien as head coach". Houston Texans. January 3, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Mathews, Nick (January 3, 2014). "Bill O'Brien officially introduced as Texans new coach". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Chiari, Mike (October 27, 2015). "Ryan Mallett Released by Texans". Bleacher Report. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  15. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (March 9, 2016). "Brock Osweiler agrees in principle to $72M Texans deal". National Football League. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  16. ^ Sidhu, Deepi (January 7, 2017). "Texans defeat Raiders in Wild Card game". NFL.com. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  17. ^ "Patriots top Texans, move on to AFC Championship". NFL.com. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  18. ^ "Franchise nicknames". Pro Football Hall of Fame. January 1, 2005. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  19. ^ a b "McNair unveils name, logo for Houston". National Football League. September 6, 2000. Archived from the original on November 9, 2000. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  20. ^ Houston Texans Color Codes, Team Color Codes website
  21. ^ "TORO bio" (PDF). Houston Texans. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  22. ^ "Texans Cheerleaders". HoustonTexans.com. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  23. ^ Sidhu, Deepi (December 11, 2016). "Texans sweep Colts with 22-17 win". Houston Texans. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  24. ^ Silver, Michael (January 5, 2019). "Frank Reich leads Colts to comprehensive beatdown of Texans". NFL.com. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
  25. ^ "Houston Texans Head-to-Head Records - Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  26. ^ Sidhu, Deepi (November 19, 2017). "Andre Johnson immortalized in Texans Ring of Honor". houstontexans.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
  27. ^ "Texans May Go Back to Clay Walker Song". Associated Press. August 14, 2003. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  28. ^ "20 Questions with Clay Walker (Part 2)". CMT. Retrieved March 2, 2010.
  29. ^ "Texans ditch fight song". ESPN.com. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Spring High School staff, students recognized for work on Texans fight song". Houston Chronicle. 13 August 2003. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  31. ^ Balke, Jeff (December 5, 2011). "Bulls on Parade: Ten Songs for Ten Texans Players and One for the Team". Houston Press. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  32. ^ Scurfield, Nick (December 4, 2011). "Bulls on Parade: A nickname is born". Houston Texans. Archived from the original on December 8, 2011. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
  33. ^ "HoustonTexans.com – Houston Texans Foundation".
  34. ^ "Our Partners". Heart of a Champion. Retrieved January 8, 2012.
  35. ^ "Houston Texans Charity Golf Classic a big hit!". Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  36. ^ "J.J. Watt: $41.6M in Hurricane Harvey relief shared". NFL.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.

External links

2002 Houston Texans season

The 2002 Houston Texans season was the franchise's inaugural season and the city of Houston's first NFL season since the Houston Oilers left in 1997 to move to Tennessee to become the Titans. The Divisional Realignment also placed the Texans and Titans in the same division.

The Texans won their first-ever season game against the Dallas Cowboys 19–10 on Sunday Night Football. They were the first to do this since the 1961 Minnesota Vikings won 37–13 in their inaugural game. Head coach Dom Capers, who previously coached the expansion Carolina Panthers when they debuted in 1995, led the Texans to a 4–12 record.

Andre Johnson

Andre Lamont Johnson (born July 11, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who played the majority of his 14-year career with the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He's currently working with the Texans organization as "Special Advisor" to the team General manager Brian Gaine and Head coach Bill O'Brien. He played college football at Miami, and was drafted by the Texans third overall in the 2003 NFL Draft. He is eleventh all-time in NFL career receptions, and 10th all-time in NFL receiving yards. Johnson holds nearly every Texans receiving record. He was also a member of the Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans.

Brad Seely

Brad Seely (born September 6, 1956) is the American football special teams coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.

Bradley Roby

Bradley Roby (born May 1, 1992) is an American football cornerback for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Ohio State.

Brian Cushing

Brian Patrick Cushing (born January 24, 1987) is a former American football linebacker who is currently an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2017 and became the team's all-time leading tackler.

DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Rashaun Hopkins (born June 6, 1992), nicknamed "Nuk", is an American football wide receiver for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson.

J. J. Watt

Justin James "J. J." Watt (born March 22, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Texans with the 11th pick in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and played college football at Wisconsin.

Watt received the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award three times in his first five seasons. Although primarily a defensive end, he occasionally shifts to defensive tackle in some situations. He has also taken snaps on offense, catching three touchdown passes during the 2014 season. In 2014, Watt became the first player in NFL history to record two 20+ sack seasons in a career. He holds the Texans' franchise records for both sacks and forced fumbles. In 2017, Sports Illustrated named Watt its Sportsperson of the Year.

Jadeveon Clowney

Jadeveon Davarus Clowney ( jə-DEV-ee-on; born February 14, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He graduated from South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and played college football at South Carolina. A unanimous College All-American as a sophomore in 2012, Clowney set South Carolina school records in quarterback sacks (13.0) and tackles for a loss (23.5) per season while also earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Southeastern Conference. Described by ESPN as "one of those rare game-changers on defense," Clowney was drafted first overall by the Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Kareem Jackson

Kareem Jackson (born April 10, 1988) is an American football cornerback for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama. He was drafted by the Houston Texans in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.

Kyle Shanahan

Kyle Michael Shanahan (born December 14, 1979) is an American football coach who is the current head coach of the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). Previously, he served as the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, whose offense led the league in points scored in 2016 and helped the team reach Super Bowl LI. In addition to the 49ers and Falcons, Shanahan has coached for the Houston Texans, Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He is the son of former NFL head coach Mike Shanahan.

List of Houston Texans starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Texans.

Matt Schaub

Matthew Rutledge Schaub (born June 25, 1981) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Virginia Cavaliers, and was drafted by the Falcons in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans, Oakland Raiders and Baltimore Ravens.

NRG Stadium

NRG Stadium (pronounced as N-R-G Stadium), formerly Reliant Stadium, is a multi-purpose stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. It was constructed at the cost of $352 million and has a seating capacity of 71,995. It was the first NFL facility to have a retractable roof.The stadium is the home of the National Football League's Houston Texans, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Texas Bowl, many of the United States men's national soccer team's matches, and other events. The stadium served as the host facility for Super Bowls XXXVIII (2004) and LI (2017), and WrestleMania XXV (2009).NRG Stadium is part of a collection of venues (including the Astrodome), which are collectively called NRG Park. The entire complex is named for NRG Energy under a 32-year, US$300 million naming rights deal in 2000.

Romeo Crennel

Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He has been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, as well an assistant coach for six different NFL teams and four different college teams. He also has over 40 years of coaching experience which has included consistently being employed as a coach for all but two seasons 1970, only taking the 2009 and 2013 seasons off following both of his tenures as a head coach. He has had success as an assistant coach, winning 5 Super Bowls, however he has not found the same success as a head coach. His overall record in five seasons as a head coach and three games as an interim head coach is 28–55, with only one winning season and no playoff appearances.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick (born November 24, 1982), is an American football quarterback for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Harvard and was the first quarterback in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a career.A journeyman quarterback, Fitzpatrick is known for his tenure on eight teams during his career, starting at least one game for the Rams, Cincinnati Bengals, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In 2018, Fitzpatrick became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 400 yards or more in three straight games.

T. J. Yates

Taylor Jonathan "T. J." Yates (born May 28, 1987) is a former American football quarterback who is currently an offensive assistant with the Houston Texans. He played college football at North Carolina and was drafted by the Houston Texans in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.

Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Devine Mathieu (; born May 13, 1992) is an American football safety for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Louisiana State University (LSU). In college he developed a reputation for causing turnovers, setting a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record with 11 career forced fumbles and earning the nickname "Honey Badger". In his sophomore season, he was recognized as a consensus All-American, won the Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Mathieu was dismissed from the LSU football program after that season due to a violation of team rules.

After spending a year out of football in 2012, he was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, reuniting him in the defensive backfield with former college teammate Patrick Peterson. As a rookie he was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. In 2015, he was invited to the Pro Bowl and earned first-team All-Pro honors. He has also played for the Houston Texans.

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips (born June 21, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He also served two stints as defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, where his team was Super Bowl finalists in his first stint and champions in his second stint. He has served as head coach of the NFL's Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills, and Dallas Cowboys. He was also an interim head coach for the New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, and the Houston Texans. His career winning percentage as a head coach is .546. Phillips is considered to be among the best defensive coordinators in the NFL.

Whitney Mercilus

Whitney Mercilus (born July 21, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Illinois and was recognized as a unanimous All-American. He was selected by the Texans in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, and was considered one of the best defensive end prospects for 2012.

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